Parnell still pushing infrastructure plan

Posted: Monday, March 01, 2010

JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell says he hasn't given up pressing lawmakers to pass his $100 million deferred maintenance program early.

A co-chairman of the House Finance Committee said earlier this week that the Legislature likely wouldn't meet Parnell's Monday target for passage, in part because the administration hadn't been able to get its budget together. Rep. Bill Stoltze some departments lacked adequate descriptions of how money would be used, and not all projects were for maintenance.

Parnell called it an "embarrassment" for departments not to focus on deferred maintenance projects but said the lapse was fixed within days.

He didn't specify a new deadline for passage, and instead said he's trying to make the point to lawmakers that Alaskans can't wait for jobs.

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